Edmonds is the founder and president of the National Security Whistleblowers
Coalition (NSWBC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding national
security whistleblowers. She appears frequently on national radio and TV as a
commentator on matters related to whistleblowers, national security, and
excessive secrecy & classification. She has been featured on CBS 60
Minutes, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR, and in the New York Times,
Ms. Edmonds worked as a language specialist for the FBI’s Washington Field Office. During her work with the bureau, she discovered and reported serious acts of security breaches, cover-ups, and intentional blocking of intelligence that had national security implications. After she reported these acts to FBI management, she was retaliated against and ultimately fired in March 2002. Since that time, court proceedings on her issues have been blocked by the assertion of “State Secrets Privilege” by Attorney General Ashcroft, and the Congress of the United States has been gagged and prevented from any discussion of her case through retroactive re-classification issued by the Department of Justice.
Ms. Edmonds began her career in 1993 as Project Director for the Rostropovich
Foundation, a non-profit humanitarian organization providing medical and food
aid to children of the former
Ms. Edmonds has a MA in Public Policy and International Commerce from George Mason University, a BA in Criminal Justice and Psychology from George Washington University, and AA degree in Science from NVCC. She is certified as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and as an instructor for the Women's Domestic Violence Program. She is fluent in Turkish, Farsi and Azerbaijani.